cropped-butterfly-2.pngI’m sorry you found my blog.

HA!  What a funny thing to say on a blog!!  But seriously, if you landed here, you either know me, or know someone that has cancer.  That’s why I’m sorry!

Cancer.

I hate that word.

I remember sitting in the oncologist’s office in my early 20’s listening to the Dr. tell me that while it was not likely I would get Ocular Melanoma like my Mom, 3 out of 4 people would be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their life.  Since all of my Grandparents and my Mom have died of some type of cancer, I knew my day would come.  I just never thought my diagnosis would be the day after my 41st birthday and as a mother of a 10, 7 and 6 year old.

This blog is my journey as I fight to leave cancer behind and move on in my life.

I should probably back up and introduce myself . . . my name is Jennifer.  I’m a Christ follower, married to an amazing man (who happens to be a chef), have 3 beautiful daughters and I’ve been diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer which has spread to my sternum.

I know it can be confusing when you stumble upon a new blog, so let me help you get started.

  • I have a blog to keep track of my thoughts and to let friends and family know what’s going on.
  • You can get to know our family or read my personal testimony here.
  • As I’ve been going through different procedures, I’ve written down what it was like.  You can find a list of those over in the side bar (or down at the bottom if you are on a mobile device).
  • Click here to receive a daily, weekly or monthly email when I publish new posts.
  • And finally, if you noticed above that I’m married to a chef and think that must be the MOST AMAZING THING EVER, click here and browse through my blog about what it’s really like to be married to a chef.  (I love blogging.  Can you tell?)

Jennifer

Here’s what’s going on with me right now . . .

Portless (Is that a word?)

My port is gone.  The procedure was done in about 20 minutes.  The numbing process wasn’t comfortable, but once that was over, I didn’t feel anything.

It feels very strange to put my hand where the port used to be and have it be flat.  It’s like something is missing.

I asked the surgeon if I could take a picture of it.  I knew you would all want to see it too!  You’re welcome!  🙂 read more…

Saying goodbye to my port

Tomorrow morning (Monday at 9:15), I head up to the breast surgeon’s office to have my port removed!  Woohoo!  Supposedly it’s a very easy procedure done in her office.  🙂  We have a busy afternoon, so please pray the removal is truely as easy as it’s supposed to be. Thanks friends!

PET Scan Results

I have great news to start off the weekend!!  My PET Scan was clear and there is no sign of cancer!  Praise God!

Before we left for the appointment, Tom and I prayed for the Lord’s will and that we would be able to accept whatever the outcome was from the test.  We are thankful for the positive results and give Him all the glory! read more…

Is it OK to hate my port?

What a question to ask, right?  Can I hate my port?  Because if that’s ok, I really do.  Especially after today.

For my PET scan, they have to inject me with a radioactive glucose.  Unfortunatly, my port was clogged (UGH!!!!!), so she had to give it to me in my arm.  Not a big deal, except that after the scan, I had to go up to the infusion center and have it declogged.  If I get good news from the Dr. on Friday, I’m ready to be done with this port.   read more…

Scanxiety 2.0

It’s that time of year again…time for a scan.  A PET scan to be exact.

I am so thankful I blogged throughout this journey, as I’ve been able to go back and see how I was feeling last year before my scan and remind myself that I did, in fact, survive Scanxiety 1.0 twelve months ago, and I’m sure I will survive Scanxiety 2.0 this week.

As I read back on what I was feeling a year ago, I am feeling pretty much the same way…anxious thoughts…pray…repeat…anxious thoughts….ouch my back is hurting again…pray…etc. read more…

Mammogram results and PET scan appointment

Great news!  My mammogram came back fine.  🙂

The new hormone blocker I’m on seems to be much better.  The only side effect is fatigue.  So now I take a short rest each afternoon so I can make it through the end of the day.  It’s a bit of a bummer, but at least I’m not in pain all the time! read more…

My Journal for 9-11-2017

Good morning Lord.

I come before you, overwhelmed a bit this morning.

Yesterday morning, Dave McCorkell died.  My heart is breaking…all day yesterday and today I have been thinking of Debbie, Kristen and Kim and what a hard day it was for them (and will continue to be).  I remember the day my Mom died so well.  It’s hard to be so far away from a friend who is hurting.

There has been severe flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and last night, Hurricane Irma hit Florida.  There is so much devastation.  Yet through it all, I see believers trusting you and proclaiming that You are good, all the time!

Today is 9/11.

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Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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Breast Biopsy
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PET Scan
port surgery
Mastectomy
Reconstruction
oophorectomy
Radiation